Hazardous Parenting Brenda McCreight  Ph.D.
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About Brenda McCreight

Brenda McCreightBrenda McCreight, Ph.D., is an internationally sought after therapist, author, and consultant specializing in services for families dealing with severe behavioiural challenges such as post adoption concerns, FASD, ADHD, conduct disorder, attachment disorder, developmental delays, and cognitive impairment.

For 20 years Brenda has been providing training to parents throughout North America, England, and Scotland to help them become more effective parents and learn how to manage their children’s difficult behaviours.

Now, Brenda’s attention and energy are focused on the parents; and, she is passionate about helping parents of challenging children heal from the stress of parenting and learn how to find and re-claim meaning and joy in their own lives.

Brenda is the author of “Recognizing and Managing Children with Fetal Alcohol/Syndrome” published by the Child Welfare League of America, and of “Parenting Your Older Adopted Child” published by New Harbinger Publications and “Eden’s Secret Journal: The Story of an Older Child Adoption” published by Adoption Press and “Help I’ve Been Adopted” by Tapestry Books as well as several fiction books.

Most importantly, Brenda is also a Hazardous Parent and she is the mother of fourteen children and seven (soon to be 8) grandchildren.

Brenda’s professional affiliations:

Registered Clinical Social Worker license #4399
Registered Clinical Counsellor license #235
Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists license #1126

EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique)

EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a powerful self-help method based on the research that shows that emotional trauma and chronic stress contribute to poor health and to both physical and emotional distress.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT very quickly reduces the emotional impact of memories and events that trigger emotional distress and EFT is now shown to be evidence supported. EFT allows the negative emotional state to be calmed or removed so the body and the mind can begin to heal.

I am pleased to offer EFT to parents in person at my office and worldwide by phone or Skype.

If you would like to book an appointment, please call 250-716-9101 or email me.

My Journey To Tapping

I have been a therapist since before some of you were born – yikes – where did the years go? Anyway, as a result of my years of experience, I’ve watched many fads come and go and to avoid jumping on the trend bandwagon, I’ve always chosen to stay with the well researched therapies that have been proven effective over time. One such is EMDR (Eye Movement Desenitization Reprossessing) which I liked because it was backed by research and because it made sense to me from a neurobiological perspective. What it does is to link the neurons that are associated with the trauma to the new neurons that are the therapy is building and then allows the amygdala to calm and the hippocampus, the prefrontal cortex and the hypothalmus to start running the show again. That is, it stops everything from being survival/trauma related to allowing a sifting and integration of information through memory, reason, abstract thought, and new learning. It allows the person to being living in the present rather than reacting to the past.

I started noticing that many of my fellow EMDR practitioners were talking about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and I looked it up and thought “..mmmm too new agey for me”, but it kept coming up and coming up so I decided to actually check it out. I thought it was interesting, and again, from a neurobiological viewpoint it made sense in the same way as EMDR, but I was already certified in many successful therapeutic techniques and I didn’t need another. But, I’m sure you know how life goes – when the universe wants to direct you somewhere, it just keeps pushing you along toward the greater goal until you catch on.

So, one day, while working with a client with severe behavioral challenges, I was stumped. His behaviors were causing problems for all who supported him and were reducing his access to the community. I had tried everything else, and I was about to give up when I thought I might as well try EFT. Don’t panic, I don’t go experimenting on my clients. I spent weeks researching EFT on the net, reading every book I could find on the topic, and watching literally hundreds of YouTube EFT video demonstrations. Finally I tried it on myself a few times and then on some volunteers. To my surprise, the results were amazing. I then used it with this particular client and he went home and had a much improved day and the changes in that day continued.

After this, I decided to pursue certification in EFT and I’m thrilled to have done so. I wish I’d had this 20 years ago. It really does provide effective relief from stress and a sense of calm. EFT is especially effective in reducing the distressing symptoms of secondary trauma – for those who are living with, or raising, a child or adult who has PTSD, the result is often that the parent, or the caregiver, or the spouse, develop their own secondary trauma symptoms, and EFT can help!

It’s an especially useful technique for distance clients with whom I use Skype or telephone counseling.

To book an appointment contact me or call 250-716-9101.

 

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